The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to reinforce promotion of Indian cultural heritage in schools affiliated to it.
A recent circular issued by the Board has said schools would have to hold music and dance programmes.
It has advised them to organise events that would give schools the “opportunity of bringing great artists to the portals of their institutions”, in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY).
The Society has been taking Indian Classical Music and Dance to thousands of schools and colleges across the country for over three decades.
In recent years, with addition to music and dance, theatre, yoga and folk arts and folk arts are also being highlighted.
In its suggestions, the CBSE has asked schools to set up heritage clubs preferably with one teacher and five students.
At least three SPIC MACAY events will have to be held, in addition to weekly meetings that include a presentation by students about aspects of Indian heritage.
“Select students could be sent to participate in SPIC MACAY's National School Intensive, Rural School Intensive, zonal or state conventions which would inspire them to take this movement forward in their zones,” chairman of the CBSE Vineet Joshi said in a recent note to school principals.